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Old 12th Jan 2016, 20:44
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Harry Clasper of Gateshead. When he died in 1870, an estimated 100,000 to 130,000 people lined the route of the cortege.

Harry who?
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Old 12th Jan 2016, 20:48
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Harry Claper was one of the famous Tyne Oarsmen who beat the entire world at rowing races,rowing was the largest spectator sport on Tyneside and the other main rivers before the advent of footy.
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 01:18
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One has woken to realise that one only has two more nights in Siam, then its one night in one of they heavier n air machines to go back to Oz.

One will be back at the coal face on Monday, that will be difficult to say the least..

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Old 13th Jan 2016, 02:30
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Only saw HMS Vanguard once, we lived not far from Portsmouth and we saw her at a Review of the Fleet, sometime in the fifties, may have been connected to the coronation of HMQ, not sure.
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 07:25
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Morning peeps, one's sky camera shows clear blue and hints of sunshine, cold though,just discovered the Freeview Yesterday Channel is available online,lots more docs for Drapes to watch.
Watching thing about the battle of Towton, we knew how to put togather a good scuffle in those days.

http://uktvplay.uktv.co.uk/shows/med...=2742026774001
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 08:08
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Not a lot of H&S when they were breaking HMS Vanguard, not a hi viz nor safety boot in sight

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Old 13th Jan 2016, 14:48
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Vanguard....

....that clip brought back some hazy memories of my sproghood in a deepwater harbour in the Highlands when we sproglets were taken on school trips to the "big boats". They would always put on a good day out with jelly and ice cream after "the picnic" on the quarter deck. But the best visits were to the Karel Doormen where the food tended to be a bit different. For a small boy maybe all those aircraft which we had pretty free rein of accounted for my later career in military aviation.
Even now the sound of a Royal Marine band delivering "Sunset" brings a tear to my eye. I recall it echoing aross the placid waters of the firth on a calm summer evening.

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Old 13th Jan 2016, 15:27
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I like ginger beer.
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 16:05
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I like ginger beer too.....

.....although sometimes it's a toss-up between Bundaberg and some of the "spikier" ones you get here in UK.

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Old 13th Jan 2016, 17:47
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I am also inordinately fond of Ginger Beer, I have a large almost full bottle of Old Jamaica Ginger Beer sitting in me fridge as we speak,spooky what!
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 21:10
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I had pals at uni who used to make large quantities of ginger beer. Dunno if it was illegal but they used to call it by the code name 'toast float', something to do with spreading a slice of toast with yeast and floating it on top of the liquid mixture.

Then drugs got invented and all these cottage industries died out.
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Old 13th Jan 2016, 22:08
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In the mid to late 1950s there was a craze for 'ginger beer plants'.
Someone started a 'plant' with ground ginger, sugar and yeast (and, presumably, water) and it bubbled away 'fermenting' until ginger beer was produced which was decanted off with the sludge retained and divided to create new 'plants' which were given away to friends and neighbours to carry on the process.
Strong glass bottles (with clasp tops) were used to store the beer - though it didn't last long (however, explosions were not unknown).
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 04:14
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We did that, and also added lemon juice.
Like most home brewed stuff we drank it faster than the best "brew-aged" time.
Yes, explosions happened, even in a cold pantry.

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Old 14th Jan 2016, 06:33
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Morning peeps, we have snow here! yer actual snow flutterin down from on high,rather large flakes as well, seems to be melting soon as it lands though.
Yer we had the Ginger Beer Plant craze on Tyneside as well,dunno what became of it eventually,think peeps just gave up on it and recommenced buying their ginger beer at the corner shop like civilized folk.
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 08:33
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rather large flakes as well, seems to be melting soon as it lands though.
It's the little buggers that cause all the grief. An old colleague of mine used to have a saying 'Big snow no snow, little snow all snow'
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 12:14
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My Dad did ginger beer plants. They sat in glass jars on the window sill in the sunlight - I used to while away the time looking at gas bubbles in the sludge and waiting for them to burst upwards through the liquid on top.

I used a fast method to make ginger beer - but do indeed just buy it now.
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 12:21
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'Big snow no snow, little snow all snow'
What does that mean please, SSK?
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 13:05
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Big flakes dreamily drifting down look impressive, but they don't lie. The sort of blizzard that has you up to your ankles in no time is made up of little flakes.

What sort do you get, mostly?
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 14:20
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Snow in Podlonia?good grief if they saw snow falling there they would all be rushing about the streets shrieking the world was coming to a end.
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Old 14th Jan 2016, 14:40
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Had to call ambulance for Mrs. FF last night. Got to hospital midnight, first seen 4 a.m. Doctor consultation 6 a.m. Got home by 8a.m.
I don't mind waiting if I can see some action of some sort but a massive A&E place with nothing going on and the line of trolleys being seen at one per 30 minutes seems to be a problem of organisation.
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